Family asks: Did Mufaro Young have to die?

SANDUSKY William Young Jr. continues to fight for justice for his son, Mufaro "Teddy" Young, 17, who died May 9 during an ast
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

William Young Jr. continues to fight for justice for his son, Mufaro "Teddy" Young, 17, who died May 9 during an asthma attack.

He and his family, which has a long history of asthma, contend there were mistakes made by an ambulance crew dispatched to the scene that early morning.

He's particularly angry the crew did not follow his advice to give his son a shot of epinephrine to open his airways. Young said he has three decades of experience dealing with asthma and knew that the epi shot was the only thing that could have saved Teddy's life.

"As long as he was gasping for air, we had a chance," Young said, frustrated with what he considers a disregard for the seriousness of his son's situation and the city's "fake investigation" when he later complained about the matter.

City officials, a special counsel and doctors who reviewed the events of that day say the ambulance crew did all it could do and that its emergency medical protocols regarding asthma situations are correct.

Young doesn't buy the city's explanation or condolences. He said he won't be mollified and plans to pursue the matter.

"If I don't do nothing about it, I don't feel this family will ever come back," Young said, discussing how his large family has seemed to break apart in the wake of Teddy's death. "But we going to make it. Got to."